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WATCH: "We Will Follow ICC 100%," Says CoA Chief Vinod Rai In A Wishy-washy Follow-up Over MS Dhoni's 'Balidaan Badge' Gloves

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Speaking to the media, Rai said that the goverment's viewpoint will be taken into consideration and that they have asked for it already. 
  • Rai had also said that the insignia worn by Dhoni was neither commercial or religious adding that Dhoni was not in breach of any ICC regulations, earlier on Friday

Amid the furore of MS Dhoni wearing the 'Balidaan' badge insignia on his wicketkeeping gloves, CoA chief Vinod Rai in an ineffectual statement stated that 'ICC norms will be followed 100%', after clarifying earlier in the day that the cricketer's badge was 'neither commercial or religious'

Speaking to the media, Rai said that the goverment's viewpoint will be taken into consideration and that they have asked for it already. 

He said, "As regards to Pakistan playing in India, we have always taken the government's viewpoint. We have asked the government's viewpoint. I'm not saying what the government will say and how we'll react. I will not comment on any statement that I have not heard." 

"We will take permission. We will follow ICC norms 100%," he added. 

Earlier in the day, while the BCCI had backed the former Indian skipper's decision to keep his glove, the ICC CEO Dave Richardson speaking to Republic TV said that there clearly seems to be a violation of the dress code while declining to comment on MS Dhoni's intention.

"There is a specific rule of ICC that clearly talks about the dress code. Clearly, this seems to be a violation. I am not commenting on what was Dhoni's intention but ICC may or may not reconsider its stand even if Dhoni & BCCI convince their intention," he said.

Speaking to Republic TV sources, BCCI said that a letter had already been written to the ICC seeking a clearance for the former skipper to continue donning his insignia badge on his gloves, with CoA chief Vinod Rai confirming the news.

Rai earlier on Friday said,  "We have already written (to ICC to seek permission for MS Dhoni to wear 'Balidaan' insignia on his gloves), will speak more after the meeting (CoA meeting)."

Rai had also said that the insignia worn by Dhoni was neither commercial or religious adding that Dhoni was not in breach of any ICC regulations, in conversation to PTI.

"The BCCI had already sent a formal request to the ICC for clearance. As per ICC regulations, players can't sport any commercial, religious or military logo. There was nothing commercial or religious in this regard as we all know," he said.

The controversy was sparked after the ICC, on Thursday, asked the BCCI to get the 'Balidaan' insignia removed from Indian cricketer and former Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's wicketkeeping gloves citing that the ICC official rules regarding equipment and clothing do not allow the show of political and religious messages during a match.

MS Dhoni was seen sporting the 'Balidaan Badge' or the regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on his wicketkeeping gloves during the India vs South Africa World Cup match on Wednesday. The 'Balidaan Badge' was clearly spotted when the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman dismissed Andile Phehlukwayo in the 40th over of the South African innings in India’ first World Cup match on Wednesday.

After the ICC's decision to ask BCCi to get the insignia removed, many military officials, actors, sportspersons, government authorities have vocally supported MS Dhoni to keep the gloves on sporting the insignia.

Incidentally, MS Dhoni is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Para-Air troops on the Indian Army and belongs to the same regiment as the Para Special forces whose badge he is seen sporting.

 

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